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A Walk in the Woods (2015)

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After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife, and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - 2,200 miles of America's most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek - his long lost and former friend Katz, a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law - sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, "adventure". Now they're about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins. Written by Broad Green Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 September 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A spasso nel bosco  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,400,000 (USA) (4 September 2015)


$29,467,855 (USA) (27 November 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the beginning of their hike they run into Mary Ellen. She guesses that Bill Bryson was a Gemini. Bill tells her that he is actually a Leo. Robert Redford, who plays Bill, was born in August and is actually a Leo in real life. See more »


When Bryson and Katz arrive in the bunkhouse, a fellow hiker strikes up a conversation with Bryson. We see Bryson set down his pack next to a bunk bed with only a mattress and a pillow on the top bunk, then the camera momentarily switches to the hiker. When the camera switches back to Bryson, Katz's sleeping bag has noiselessly arrived on the top bunk. See more »


[last lines]
Stephen Katz: [on a postcard to Bill] Never buy underpants for a woman you don't know.
Stephen Katz: [on a postcard to Bill] Fuckers still didn't get me.
Stephen Katz: [on a postcard to Bill] Bryson, just wondering, what's next?
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: 2015 Re-Cap (So Far) (2015) See more »


Ends of the Earth
Written by Ben Schneider
Performed by Lord Huron
Courtesy of Iamsound Records
By arrangement with Terrorbird Media
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User Reviews

Fun and Intelligent Hike
5 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

I truly enjoyed this movie, had all experienced, professional actors and actresses and it showed. Those critics that say there is no plot or drama are either too young to appreciate the aging life lessons and insights or too serious and particular and need to lighten up. I, and many in the theater, had quite a few laugh out loud moments. This is a movie for the more mature, intelligent crowd. Not for someone looking for a tense drama, or twitch action flick. I have not read the book but have read reviews that stated the book was even better so I know what my next read will be. This movie had some great nature shots of the AT which was an added bonus. Thought Nick Nolte and Robert Redford were good casting for their characters.

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